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OCZ RevoDrive 3 120GB SSD Review

By on February 9, 2012
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True SSD performance.

Good: Blistering fast speeds, Easy installation,
Bad: Needs drivers to work, Real world performance gains depends on workload
Price: AED 1,600
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

For testing the implications of such a high-end SSD in the real world, I used two benchmarks. Windows 7 boot time, and the most infamous game to load in history: Team Fortress 2.

For the Windows 7 boot time, I installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit on these hard drives, with just the basic drivers installed for the motherboard and graphics card. No antivirus or any other applications were installed since any programs installed by users are arbitrary and will change startup time. The time measured in seconds below is after POST (when the ‘Starting Windows’ logo appears) till the time I see the desktop and mouse.

As for the WoW test, I logged into my account and used my level 85 character who’s flying on a mount in the middle of Stormwind city. The actual measurements were from double-clicking on my character when the load screen begins, till the load screen ends and the world appears. This is an extremely strenuous test as the hard drive has to load the entire world with maximum graphical settings, including a very large draw distance, as well as all the people currently populating the city at the time, with all of their mounts and special gear and high-res textures.

As with PCMark 7, these tests reflect a similar result with negligible performance difference between the two drives.

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